Bomb scare at Haslar Marina

Plans to restrict access to Haslar Marina in Gosport over the Easter Bank Holiday have come under fire

The MOD has sent letters to berth holders at Haslar Marina in Gosport, outlining plans to restrict access to the marina from 10-13 April as searches are made of HMS Blockhouse for possible World War II bombs.

The exclusion zone will cover a 272m diameter over Haslar Creek and will affect about three pontoons as well as cutting off other boaters that would need to go through the zone to get in or out.

Helen Bramah of Haslar Marina said “It’s very unfortunate and we were very unhappy with the operation but it is totally out of our control. However, this will only affect about a third of our berths and will not affect our visitor moorings at all.”

The announcement has caused outrage among berth holders who say it will ruin their bank holiday weekend but Haslar Marina says that all berth holders will have some access to their moorings, albeit restricted.

Although it is expected that no bombs will actually be found the MOD says an examination of the site is essential to rule bombs out.